Let me start by saying anyone that knows me will also know I spend my entire life unintentionally offending just about everyone I come across!
I’m that person who says the wrong thing constantly often out of confusion. An example of this was once in a work meeting we were discussing the war and I raised the topic of the Japanese pilots who initiated suicide attacks. I came out with “I can’t believe they had those bukake pilots, what must have been going through their heads!”. This of course was met with horror to which someone asked me if I knew what bukake meant. Once I was advised I, of course, recoiled in horror finding out I was meant to say Kamikaze pilots. But this was an accidental offensive comment which luckily was just laughed off although the piece of me that died in that meeting room has never recovered.
We are in an age where everyone is offended by everything! I don’t get it, what happened to having a stiff upper lip and brushing things off?
For a start, comedy would be obsolete without offence. I find my favourite stand-ups are the ones that make me guess if its ok to laugh at what they have said which is still probably my subconscious telling me if I should be offended because this is what we are now conditioned to believe.
How have we got to a stage in life when we can no longer sing ba ba black sheep and if that’s the case why is ba ba white sheep ok. Should it be ba ba colour equality sheep?
Gingerbread men are now being renamed as gingerbread people. But what if we offend ginger people, should they just be called people from now on?
I watched Good Morning Britan the other day where a female soldier had a problem with the SAS allowing women to apply for the first time. Surely as a woman in the army who wanted to be treated as an equal, she should be delighted with the news. She had a problem with it because women may not be as physically capable and may need to go off and have a baby and wouldn’t be allowed back. I don’t think the SAS is saying women HAVE to apply, they are giving the option so if that’s something that puts you off don’t apply, simple! Not all women want to have babies, that’s offensive to insinuate such a thing!! So now people have a problem with being offered equal opportunities. WTF is happening?!
There are things that I fully understand people being offended by such as Racism but again every form of offence is taken too far like removing Apu from the Simpsons. Are we really only just offended by a cartoon character that’s been on our screens for years. There was a point made that working in a corner shop was stereotyping which I do get but maybe just change his job role to something in computer science which he has a PhD in instead of writing him out.
There was also outrage recently when Kendall Jenner posed in Vogue and the stylist had gone for what I considered an 80s hair look but, oh no, this was racist and she was impersonating an afro. I’m sorry but this is what I look like when its humid outside, is my hair racist, are perms racist, are french plaits racist to the French?
People are offended if women wear skimpy outfits. Extreme feminists get offended that women can’t parade with their nipples out. You can’t win!
Some men get offended when women try and pay the bill. Some women get offended if men don’t pay the bill. Some women get offended if they aren’t allowed to pay the bill. Basically, everyone’s offended.
People get offended at wolf whistles (wolf whistle at me any day)!
Poppies are offensive because they are apparently seen as a symbol of racism. Is this a joke?! You literally can’t even wear a symbol of remembrance without offending people!
Are snowmen sexist? Should they be snow people? Should they wear a skirt or is that offensive to insinuate all women should wear skirts.
Is MANchester offensive. Is the Isle of Man offensive. Man size tissues are offensive apparently, can we just rename anything with the word man in including woMAN? Is the word MANager offensive? Are you hanging your stocking on the woMANTLE piece this Christmas?
Is Christmas offensive? Why does father Christmas deliver presents? Why isn’t it strong independent Mother Christmas? Are elves offensive, why do they have to be small?
I read that if people can’t control their own emotions they have to control other peoples behaviour and I completely agree! Just because someones offended by something it does not mean they are right. We tend to bow down instantly once someone is even slightly offended because we don’t want to be branded as offensive but in all honestly you can’t win either way. As long as your not personally insulting anyone I say speak your mind. Say what you think. You may annoy people with it, people might not like what you have to say but we weren’t all put on this earth to be people pleasers, conform or be liked by everyone. We SHOULD have opinions. We SHOULD speak our minds and we SHOULD NOT ALL GET SO OFFENDED BY EVERYTHING!!!!